Alyson Vert serves as FEMA's Executive Secretary and directs the Office of Executive Secretariat, which serves as the primary point of contact for FEMA and the Office of the Administrator for coordinating and providing information on departmental taskings, briefing materials and official correspondence to and from FEMA.
Previously, Vert served as the Director and Designated Federal Officer for the FEMA National Advisory Council. She was FEMA's principal advisor and program manager for the statutory Federal Advisory Committee, and worked in close and confidential capacity to the Office of the Administrator, providing expert direction, policy, program, operational, and logistical support to the members of FEMA’s NAC and FEMA leadership.
From 2006-2008, Vert served as a Special Assistant for Incident Management Systems Integration in the National Preparedness Directorate. She represented the Director in policy formulation and coordination, administered special projects, oversaw overall program activities, and assisted the Director with the implementation of the National Incident Management System.
Vert began her career at FEMA as a Legislative Affairs Specialist in 2002 and was later detailed to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security as a Congressional Affairs Specialist, serving as the primary liaison for FEMA within the DHS Office of Legislative Affairs until April 2006. Prior to beginning her career with DHS/FEMA, Vert worked in issue management with a business unit of the American Chemistry Council and served nearly six years as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill.
She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Clemson University, and a Master of Public Administration from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, Joint Degree Program.